The Campaign for Mosul: March 2-April 28

April 28, 2017 - Press ISW

Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units resumed their advance in western Mosul on April 11 after a

Turkey May Launch New Ground Offensive against US-Backed Forces in Syria

April 28, 2017 - Jennifer Cafarella

Key Takeaway: Turkey’s President Erdogan is trying to coerce President Trump into shifting American support from Kurdish forces toward Turkey’s proxies in Syria, which include al Qaeda-linked elements. Erdogan may launch a new ground operation into Syria in order to create ground realities that could force the U.S. to reconsider his demands.

Syria Situation Report: April 14 - 20, 2017

April 21, 2017 - Chris Kozak

Russia, Iran, and Syria demonstrated their enduring partnership during a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting in Moscow on April 14 to discuss their response to the recent strike by the U.S. against Shayrat Airbase in Syria on April 6. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to consolidate his grip around core regime terrain in Damascus and Hama City.

Iraq Situation Report: March 20 - April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 - Patrick Martin

ISIS is waging a renewed offensive campaign in recaptured areas that could exploit vulnerabilities in the Iraqi Government’s ability to respond amidst accelerating political competition before upcoming elections. 

Syria Situation Report: March 30 - April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 - Chris Kozak

U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated a new willingness to use force against the regime after conducting cruise missile strike targeting the Shayrat Airbase in Central Syria on April 6. The strikes came in response to the regime’s use of sarin gas against the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria on April 4.

ISW Daily Update April 11, 2017

April 12, 2017 - Press ISW

The major events from April 11, 2017 in the theaters and from the trans-national groups that ISW monitors: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS.

Syria Strike Opens Doors for U.S. Strategy

April 8, 2017 - Genevieve Casagrande

The U.S strike against an Assad regime base in northern Syria on April 6, 2017 opened the door to a reorientation of American strategy in the Middle East. President Trump’s action could reset the terms of America’s confrontation of other hostile states, such as North Korea. President Trump may be shifting away from a narrow focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) as the strategic priority in Syria and toward a new approach.

Resources on Syria and the Russia-Iran Coalition

April 7, 2017 - Press ISW

American forces conducted a missile strike in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad regime on April 6, 2017. Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analysts have explained the implications of the attack for U.S. strategy going forward.

Russian and Iranian Basing in Syria: March 21, 2017

April 6, 2017 - Chris Kozak

By: Chris Kozak, Genevieve Casagrande, and Tom Ramage

Pro-regime basing data accurate through March 21, 2017. Syria Control of Terrain data accurate through April 3, 2017.

ISW Analysts React to the U.S.'s Anti-Assad Strike in Syria

April 6, 2017 - Press ISW
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